Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Spanish tapas and wine at Rincon Escondido.
Rincon Escondido proprietor Emilio Fontan draws inspiration from years spent living in Spain to pepper the eatery’s menu with authentic Spanish tapas, sandwiches, and salads. Executive chefs Diego Gonzalez and Santos Jimenez oversee the construction and public-appearance schedules of shareable tapas such as caracoles al mojo de ajo—garlic and parsley sauce splashed onto escargot ($5). Traditional Spanish sandwiches known as bocadillos tote fillings such as roasted pork leg, galician tetilla cheese, and red piquillo peppers ($9) in a package more appetizing than an envelope sealed with molasses. Spanish red and white wines by the glass ($6–$8) swirl across palates. Breezes drift through the outdoor seating area, while shelves and cabinets inside Rincon Escondido’s dining room display oils and spices, and painted, wood-plank walls sprout from similarly constructed floors.
Bottled oils and spices line shelves, ready to sprinkle on a dish for a dash of flavor. Nearby, a painted wall of wood planks adds a homey backdrop to pea-green chairs and tables crafted from blocks of wood. Rincon Escondido proprietor Emilio Fontan drew inspiration from the years he spent living in Spain to shape the restaurant's menu, which teems with authentic Spanish hot and cold tapas and salads. Executive chefs Diego Gonzalez and Santos Jimenez oversee the construction and public-appearance schedules of shareable tapas such as bombas de queso—goat cheese fried balls dipped in orange blossom honey—or piquillos al tar-tar de atun, composed of Navarra red peppers stuffed with spicy tuna tar-tar. Glasses of Spanish red and white wine or sangria can be sipped inside or at outdoor seating area.